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The Shaker's Rib Stitch


The Shaker's Rib stitch is very airy, light and extremely stretchy member of the Rib Stitch family.

This stitch, like most rib stitches produces a reversible fabric which is extremely stretchy, considerably more so than other rib stitches making it an ideal choice for hats. However, as like most rib stitches it is readily applicable to any part of most projects but especially lends itself to fitted areas or projects due to its ability to expand/retract and keep its shape.

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Taking an error and turning it into an art form - in the early days of knitting, missing (or slipping a stitch) by mistake may have caught the eye of the curious knitter and they began to experiment with this technique which developed into a whole catalogue of Slip Stitches designs.

A slip stitch is when the yarn is not pulled through the stitch, but the yarn is floating between the preceding and proceeding stitches. The yarn is either held forward (wyfd) or behind (wyb), the stitch is slipped to the right-hand needle either purlwise or knitwise* and the row is continued.

Whilst it is possible to go your entire knitting life using only Knit & Purl stitch patterns, knitting becomes exceedingly more exciting and varied in it's pursuit. There are several reasons to incorporate slip stitches into your knitting projects:

  • Adding texture - from creating slip-stitch patterns, producing horizontal cables, three dimensional fabrics and more...
  • Adding colour - slip stitches allow you to use flashes of colour or intricate patterns such as in Fair Isle Knitting
  • Shaping - for gathering fabric or increasing/decreasing
  • Finishing - for edging, pleats and hems

As you can see Slip Stitches are very versatile, not just in creating beautiful patterns or textures but can also aid in the shaping and finishing of our knitting projects. Interested in trying out this family of knitting, then feel free to browse our collection of Slip Stitches below.

* In all our instructions we consider a standard slip stitch to be worked purlwise, if it is the stitch is to be done knitwise you will see instructions to do so. If there are no additional instructions you should assume the stitch is done purlwise.

Slip Stitches Collection

Honeycomb Slip Stitch

This simply beautiful slip stitch gets it's name for it's resemblance to a bee's hive.


Butterfly Stitch

Similar to the Bow Stitch in appearance but with an extra strand pulled through.


Daisy Stitch

Create a raised daisy flower head with this great slip stitch.


Bow Stitch

Create a stunning raised bow effect using this slip stitch pattern.


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Shaker’s Rib Stitch

Gives a much lighter, softer and stretchier stitch compared to most ribbing, making it ideal for items such as hats.


Wild Oats Stitch

The Wild Oats stitch gives a softly contoured pattern with a low relief.


Left Diagonal Slip Stitch

The benefit of slip stitches is evident in this great stitch pattern which gives us a diagonal rib effect.


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The Left Diagonal Slip Stitch


The Left Diagonal Slip Stitch creates a wonderful diagonal ribbing effect by using Slip Stitches.

The stitch gives a fantastic variation on normal vertical ribbing that can be used for jumpers, cardigans, scarves and whatever else you can think of.

So, what is a Left Diagonal Slip Stitch? The stitch uses a repeating six stitch pattern of two slip stitches that is offset in each rows to create the diagonal rib. The techniques itself is not especially tricky, but keep a keen eye on where you are in the pattern and row to ensure you don't have the yarn forward or back at the wrong time!

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Start by casting on multiples of 6 + 4 stitches.

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The Butterfly Stitch


The Butterfly Stitch uses Slip Stitches which are knitted together to form the wings of a butterfly.

The stitch works well on items or areas of projects where you wish to add a bit more detail to break up what could potentially be a pretty flat and monotonous project. The stitch works well on items such as jumpers, cardigans, and hats.

So, what is a Butterfly Stitch? The butterfly stitch uses a series of slip stitches over an eight-row pattern to create a series of loose strands on the surface of the knitting fabric. These loose strands are then knitted together to give the appearance of a butterfly, with the knit stitch representing the body and the loose strands of yarn form its wings.

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Start your Butterfly Stitch by casting on in multiples of 10 + 9 stitches.

The first row begins by knitting two, you then enter a repeating pattern of slipping five stitches purlwise (with the yarn forward) and then knitting five. Repeat this until you reach the last seven stitches and slip five stitches purlwise (with the yarn forward), finishing by knitting two. For the second row (and all wrong side/even rows) purl all the stitches. Repeat this alternating pattern from row one through to and including row eight.

The ninth row begins by knitting four then start a repeating pattern with knitting one under the loose strands from the first eight rows, then knit nine more stitches. Repeat this pattern until you reach the last five stitches, where you will again knit one under the loose strands and finish by knitting four.

The eleventh row starts with knitting seven stitches, and then enters the repeat of slipping five stitches purlwise (with the yarn in front), then knitting five. Keep repeating this pattern until you reach the last two stitches, and knit two. Repeat the eleventh row for rows thirteen, fifteen and seventeen.

Begin the nineteenth row by knitting nine stitches, again entering a repeating pattern by knitting the first stitch under the four loose strands created by the previous eight rows, follow this by knitting another nine stitches. Keep repeating this until you reach the end of the row. The twentieth row, as with all wrong side rows should consist entirely of purl stitches.

Keep repeating rows 1-20 until you reach the desired length.

Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Knitting Stitch Difficulty

Cast on:

Cast on multiples of 10 + 9 stitches. This pattern repeats every 20 rows

Techniques Used in this Stitch:

k1 uls


Traditional Instructions

Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7: k2, * sl 5 wyfd, k5; repeat from * to last 7 stitches, sl 5 wyfd, k2.
Row 2 & all wrong side rows: p all stitches.
Row 9: k4, * k1 uls, k9; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, k1 uls, k4.
Row 11, 13, 15 and 17: k7, * sl 5 wyfd, k5: repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.
Row 19: k9, * k1 uls, k9, repeat from * to end.
Row 20: p all stitches.

Repeat rows 1-20 till you reach the desired length.

Butterfly Stitch Chart

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Butterfly Stitch Swatch Examples

Example of Butterfly Stitch - RS

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Example of Butterfly Stitch - WS

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Knitting projects using the Butterfly Stitch

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The Bow Stitch


The Bow Stitchis aptly named for generating a raised bow texture on the fabric by knitting together a series of Slip Stitches knitted onto a Stockinette Stitch background.

The stitch works well on items or areas of projects where you wish to add a bit more detail to break up what could potentially be a pretty flat and monotonous project. The stitch works well on items such as jumpers, cardigans and hats

So, what is a Bow Stitch? The bow stitch makes use of slip stitching a series of five on three consecutive wrong side rows. This will create strands of yarn to fall loosely across the face of the fabric, the yarn strands are then caught together at a designated point with a knit stitch to form a bow.

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Start your project by casting on multiples of 10 + 7 stitches.

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